Atypical Experiments

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The above illustration was for a special millage section of an east coast newspaper. I used a mix of styles for this one, watercolors and colored pencils done in a sketchy manner much like my early pastel work. I’ve gone back to this ‘dollar sign road design’ concept on more than one occasion over the years.

Below is a puzzle illustration for the children’s version of a major national consumer advocate magazine. Mostly an anagram puzzle based on recent movie titles. The style is a combination of my usual cartoon style, with some more attention paid to details in the marquee and neon.

Another puzzle page for the same magazine is pictured above. This was a rather fun project and concept. You are supposed to look at the ‘snapshots’ below and figure out which character is taking the picture based on their location and clues in the photographs.

The illustration above was for another children’s magazine, and was a floor plan of the White House when it was first built. There were a few other ‘interior’ illustrations for this project that I didn’t bother to include here, as they weren’t particularly interesting (a dining room table and fireplace).

The above illustration was for my educational publication client. I don’t remember exactly what it was about.

Scratchboards in May

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Another in a series of assignments that I had from a west coast magazine client. These usually consisted of a single larger color illustration with 3 or 4 small accompanying black and white spots, on a common theme. The concept this month was on ‘Sir Walter Raleigh’ and concerned chivarly in various forms. Not one of my favorites from this series of projects, but then again, not the worst one either. I suppose I have a hard time working up enthusiasm for an idea that just doesn’t grab me from the starting gate. You can usually tell which projects they are. I usually try just as hard as I do with every project, but there just seems to be a certain magic missing from the drawings.

Below is another fiction piece for my long time ‘mystery digest’ client. This was one of the better ones for this year. I don’t quite remember the story exactly, but it seems to me that there was some sort of ‘cross dressing’ and mixed up genders situations going on in this murder mystery.

I had a rather straightforward ‘handshake’ illustration assignment from my educational publication client this month (pictured right).

Below are a few illustrations I had this month for my national newspaper client. The usual Bulls and Bears in a rather crowded ‘presentation’ scene (pictured below), and below that, an illustration regarding ‘funds’ for which I came up with a rather weak idea.

Below are a couple more illustrations for the same client. Stuck for an idea? A frequent method is to play around with size and scale when I’m having trouble conceptualizing. ‘Sniffing out’ your co-workers – voila, a big nose. Something to do with ‘listening’ – voila, a big ear. (or make the people next to ear real tiny to really bring the point home).

I also had a color piece for this client in May (rather rare to do color for this client at this time). A long horizontal regarding online global investing (I think I’ve recycled this idea more than once too, now that I think of it).

This illustration to the left was another for the same client, and had to do with investors taking a break for the summer. This was originally a strangely shaped inverted ‘L’ design to wrap around a chart in the weekend edition, but I’ve chopped off the bottom portion to make it fit here better without all the white space.

Below is a portrait of Fidel Castro for an east coast legal newspaper. Oddly enough, the first time I’ve been asked to draw this guy, considering he’s been in power since before I was born.

This illustration to the left was for a jesuit publication in May. An article about ‘religion in the office’, and I came up with a rather clever solution I thought.

Cartoons Cartoons Cartoons Part 1

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I had a series of spot cartoons for my children’s magazine client in May. This was a children’s version of a well known national consumer’s advocate magazine. The magazine would soon fold, and I would have a smattering of assignments for the ‘grown up’ version of the magazine for a while, but eventually the work dried up. I had been doing work for this client since the early to mid nineties, and always had a lot of fun with these projects.
In addition to the two ‘puzzle’ illustrations for this client during May (seen in another posting), I also had this series of spots regarding ‘summer jobs’. There seemed to be three different types of spots for this project. First, there was the ‘job’ illustrations (the ‘feeding fish’ illustration above, the ‘babysitting’ illustration below, the ‘delivering groceries’ illustration below, and these seemed to have a certain amount of blank background color, presumably for text to overlay. Then, there were ‘what not to do’ type of illustrations, that involved a rare instance of ‘word balloons’ in my drawings (the ‘bad babysitter’, the ‘untidy worker’, the ‘bad timing’ kid, the ‘forgot to mow the lawn’ kid, the ‘cheapskate’ kid). Then, there were a few spots a little different in size that seemed to be showing poor judgement regarding ‘location’ (car wash & lemonade stand, below). I’ve reproduced a few of these spots a little larger to show the detail better.

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Cartoons Cartoons Cartoons Part 2

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I also had a series of cartoon spots of various sizes for a spanish language version of one of my national parenting magazines. These seemed to be on various topics of child rearing, although ‘dad’ seemed to be the focus of the article.

I see I’ve snuck my dog and cat into the ‘kitchen scene’ below. Ripley is the little grey cat, and Dinky is the dog (deceased now, passed away back in ’02 – and Ripley is starting to show her age now too, although still hanging in there)

Below that is a rather time intensive project that I had for another of my children’s magazine clients in May. This was a border for an article, but I’m afraid I don’t quite remember what it was about. I think I probably used a bit of copying and pasting here, but it looks as if I hid it pretty well because I can’t see any duplicate characters. I see the mandantory ‘kid in a wheelchair’ (see if you can find him), plus I’m pretty sure I probably snuck pictures of my family members in here as well (I see my friend Candy down in the lower right). As much as I complain about these ‘crowd scene’ illustrations while I’m doing them, I sure do like how they turn out. I probably should have posted a ‘detail image’ to better see what this looks like up close (maybe I’ll go back and do that later).
Another crowd scene above for a local religious oranization’s mouthpiece magazine. This one is more obvious that I did a lot of copying and pasting (with minor adjustments for faces, sex and colors). This involved the ministry in some way or another, and had a lot of accompanying ‘chart’ type illustrations (pictured to the left).

I actually liked how the ‘chart’ illustrations came out a lot better than the crowd scene that opened this particular project. Nice simple layouts and colors, and the copy and paste technique actually works to these illustrations advantage.

In addition to these chart illustrations, I also had a pile of books illustration for the same client. Not sure to what use it was put.

And, finally, this month, I had a series of illustrations for a couple of cd covers. These were re-issues of old 1950’s era children’s records that a local toy manufacturer was selling both through his own site and through ebay to interested collectors. The covers consisted of the two larger illustrations involving the ‘main character’ in the stories, and the back cover had a few small ‘farming related’ spots (the rooster and the barn scene). In addition, I also worked up a version of one of these illustrations as an ‘animated gif’ for this client’s web site (see the other posting this month, or check under ‘animation’ in the sidebar).